New grant from the European Research Council for the study of the Earth’s interior
On Friday October 11, 2019, the European Research Council (ERC) announced the award of new grants to European researchers (ERC Synergy Grants). Among the laureates is Dr. Véronique Dehant, researcher at the Royal Observatory of Belgium for the project GRACEFUL: GRavimetry, mAgnetism and CorE Flow.
This is the second ERC grant awarded to Véronique Dehant. Her first grant (ERC Advanced Grant) was obtained in 2015 for the project “RotaNut” (Rotation and Nutation of a wobbly Earth). This grant allowed her and her team to better understand the physics of the Earth’s liquid core by studying the rotation of the planet.
The ERC Synergy grant for the project GRACEFUL was awarded to Véronique Dehant, Anny Casenave (LEGOS – Laboratoire d’Études en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, France) and Mioara Mandea (CNES – Centre national d’études spatiales, France). The aim of GRACEFUL is to probe the deep Earth’s interior by using observations of the magnetic and gravity fields, and of the rotation of the Earth, A. Cazenave being expert in gravity field, M. Mandea in geomagnetism, and V. Dehant in Earth’s rotation. By using in synergy these three global observables, they intend to provide new insights about processes occurring inside the Earth’s liquid core and at the core-mantle boundary.
Announcement on the ERC website: http://erc.europa.eu/news/erc-2019-synergy-grants-results